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Fred Kullen (1926 - 2012)

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Fred W. Kullen

St. George, Utah

Born March 28, 1926 Bronx, New York and Died November 12, 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah after a 3 year battle with senile dementia.

First generation of immigrant parents from Sweden that came through Ellis Island. Preceded in death by his parents Frederick Axel Kullen and Alva Karlson Kullen, wife Muriel Kullen, and sister Lillian Paulson. Married Muriel E. Moran October 6, 1951. Survived by his son and wife Tom and Marti Kullen of Park City, Utah, Daughter and husband Donna and Rob Arnold of Seneca, Kansas and granddaughter Kristin Kullen of Salt Lake City, Utah

Graduated Bronx High School of Science and the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Worked as a machinist after High School prior to the war and post war worked as the Marine Department Manager for the Home Insurance Company in Manhattan, New York for 40 years until his retirement. Moved from Valley Stream, New York to St. George, Utah to be closer to his family and to pursue his lifetime passion of golf. Member of the Dixie Elks Lodge, VFW, American Legion and the 505th Bomb Group Association. Besides golfing he loved traveling around the world and visiting with his family. He was an avid skier in his earlier years, skilled woodworker, and fisherman. He donated blood several times a year for 40 years for his company's blood drive for the Red Cross during his life. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

On a fitting day celebrating our veterans, we lost one more of "the greatest generation". Dad passed away peacefully after a three year battle of with Alzheimer's at age 86. He was a decorated member of the Air Force (Army Air Core then) serving in the Pacific Theater during World War ll as a gunner and electrician aboard a B-29 Superfortress. He survived 13 missions as part of the combat crew on bombing missions over Japan under intense anti-aircraft fire and attacks by fighter planes. As a sergeant he was stationed in the left bubble of the fuselage and controlled two turrets each containing four 50 caliber machine guns located on the belly and on top of the plane. Like most veterans of this era, he didn't talk much about the war but over the years I was able to extract bits of his experiences. He was credited with downing at least one Japanese Zero. He was stationed in the Mariana Islands and Tinian Island and remembered seeing the Enola Gay isolated in some corner of the runway under heavy security. At the time he said no one knew what its mission was or what deadly secret it was to carry.

The family would like to thank his dedicated and caring staff at The Meadows in St George, Emeritus Senior Living Center and Memory Care Unit and Curo Hospice Care in Salt Lake City. His wish was to be cremated and be buried near his wife Muriel and sister Lillian in the Park City Cemetery. He will be interred there on a later date with military honors.

The family will host a private gathering to celebrate Fred's life over the holidays. In lieu of flowers you may donate to the American Red Cross to help victims of his home state of New York recover from hurricane Sandy or to the Disabled American War Veterans.

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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Dec. 9, 2012
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